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Local men out of prison after sentences shortened by President Obama

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Two local men will have their first evening of freedom, after President Barack Obama commuted their prison sentences.

Donald Vanderhorst, of Charleston; and Kevin Matthews, of James Island, were scheduled to be released from federal custody on Tuesday. 

Vanderhorst, 44, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base.  He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2006.  He is to be released from Federal Correctional Institution Jesup, in Georgia.

Matthews, 43, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base.  He was sentenced to 19 years and four months in prison in 2004.  He is to be released from Residential Reentry Management Atlanta.

President Obama announced the reduction of their prison sentences, along with 44 other convicts, in July.

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